Warm up with the fresh winter flavor combination in this healthy Butternut Squash Soup with a Cranberry Apple Swirl.
~Recipes and photos by Gretchen at kumquat
Disclosure: This post kicks off our new sponsorship with the Juice Products Association.
Today we're kicking off a new Healthy Aperture Blogger Campaign with the Juice Products Association featuring recipes bursting with 100% juice.
Did you know about 80% of Americans do not eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables in their daily diet? And, did you know that juice can be an easy way to supplement this intake? One serving of juice is considered a serving of fruit in the US Dietary Guidelines and included in MyPlate.
As an added bonus, 100% juices contains potassium, vitamin C, folate, magnesium and valuable plant compounds. A glass of 100% juice is filled with the same important vitamins and nutrients as the whole fruit it is squeezed from and made with no added sugar. This is a comforting fact when it is the day before a grocery run and your fruit bowl is bare, but juice remains!
Fruits and vegetables can be touchy subjects with kids at the dinner table. Parents can feel comfortable incorporating juice into their children’s diets. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends serving sizes of 1/2 cup for younger kids (ages 1-6) and 1 cup for older children (ages 7 and up).
There are tons of ways to use 100% juice, and we're excited to share some of these great ideas with you during this campaign. To kick things off, we invited Gretchen from kumquat to share a flavorful soup, perfect for the cold winter months.
This recipe for Butternut Squash Soup with a Cranberry Apple Swirl is so easy to make and is bursting with flavor thanks to the fruit juice that adds a refreshing seasonal twist.
Be on the lookout for more recipes using 100% Juice over the next two weeks from these bloggers and follow along on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #JuiceCentral:
- Gretchen at kumquat
- Emily at Emily Kyle Nutrition
- Amanda at The Wholesome Dish
- Kaleigh at Lively Table
- Aggie at Aggie's Kitchen
- EA at The Spicy RD
- Alexandra at Delish Knowledge
- Kristina at Love & Zest
- Rachael at Avocado A Day Nutrition
- Jamie at Dishing Out Health
- Gina at Running to the Kitchen
- Meme at Living Well Kitchen
- Maryea at Happy Healthy Mama
- Julia at The Roasted Root
- Katie at Healthy Seasonal Recipes
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Butternut Squash Soup with Cranberry Apple Swirl
6 Servings (8 cups of soup)
- For Soup:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- ½ onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 6 cups chopped butternut squash, fresh or frozen
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup 100% apple juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- For Cranberry Compote:
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1 cup 100% cranberry-apple juice
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
To Make Soup:
- Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Add carrots, onion, celery, garlic, apple, and butternut squash to pan; cook for 5-7 minutes or until fragrant and beginning to cook through, stirring occasionally.
- Add broth and juice; bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
- Add salt, thyme, sage, pepper, and ginger. Simmer for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Use an immersion blender (or transfer mixture to a blender container) and blend until smooth. Stir in lemon juice.
To Make Cranberry Compote:
- Combine cranberries, juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes or until cranberries have popped and mixture thickens. Allow to cool slightly.
- Stir a spoonful of Cranberry Compote into center of each bowl of soup. Swirl, if desired.